Competition Winners – End of 2013

Competition Winners

You could be the winner of this month’s Facebook and VoiceCouncil-subscriber competition.

Before you go green with envy reading about our competition winners, you could still be a winner of one of our December 2013 competitions.

Enter our Facebook competition and sign up to our newsletter for two chances of winning a Mic Mechanic!

Here is who has won this autumn – plus some fantastic insights from our winners on singing.

November

Our November question, ‘Is it reasonable for people to expect musicians to perform for free in order to “gain experience and a following”?’, sparked a fierce debate. It was Carol Occhino’s considered response that won her the fifth VoiceTone T1 Pedal giveaway of the year.

A person doesn’t wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll go to Egypt and dig a hole. Then I’ll be an archeologist.” Neither does one wake up one morning and say, “I think I’ll go on stage tonight. Then I’ll be a musician.” It takes study and hard work to reach the level of being able to go out and perform for the public. While an occasional charity performance and a few open mics might make artists more comfortable in their craft and allow them to gauge other people’s reactions to their musical skills, once people or bands are good enough to carry a performance, they are good enough to get paid and they should be paid.

She shared with us her favorite quote on singing, attributed to an old Chinese proverb, which she has typed and posted on the wall above her computer.

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”

Carol will be donating her prize to a charter school for the performing arts in Los Angeles.

...even if it all goes horribly wrong, you are working at the top of your game in that momentJulie Borkwood, from Liverpool in England, United Kingdom, was the lucky winner of November’s VoiceCouncil subscriber competition. We asked her for her top performance tip:

“Enjoy it; accept any nerves; know that, even if it all goes horribly wrong, you are working at the top of your game in that moment. Also, it’s all experience.”

October

Every song touches my soulDoro Thea came up with the winning answer to our October question, “Who was your first favorite artist and how did he/she inspire you?” (a question we originally asked Cami Bradley, whose interview is available here). Doro commented:

“Van Morrisson, every song touches my soul and swings my heart whatever mood I’m in. When there was no music left in me once, he reminded me it is worth to have music in my life and how good it feels to be able giving it to others, accepting this gift!”

Joining her in winning a VoiceTone T1 Pedal was one David Reed Watson, of Las Vegas, Nevada. He shared with us a story concerning marketing:

I ended up writing an album with this guy all because I left a Happy Birthday message for his girlfriend“Almost a year ago now an album came out by a band called ‘Rage of Angels’. One day while living near Venice, CA I got an email asking if I could Skype with a keyboard player from the UK. I said, sure, I’d love to… well, long story short, I ended up writing an album with this guy all because I left a Happy Birthday message for his girlfriend.

David Reed WatsonNow, I don’t know everybody on my ReverbNation, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc… but I do my best to keep it personal with them…. and one of those things I do is this; when it is their birthday I send them a Happy Birthday MP3 with me singing to them in three part harmony, acapella. Point of this is; whatever you do in marketing is seen if you keep it consistent. And maybe something out of the blue, like a birthday message might open doors for you.”

September

Kevin GillonOur question for September was “If Bon Jovi and Madonna had a lovechild, which current artist would it sound like?”. The randomly selected winner was Kevin Gillon.

We got in touch with Kevin and asked him to give us a performance tip:

“My top tip is rest. To keep clarity and control you must rest your voice properly.”

Dmitry Kuznetsov was the winner of our monthly subscribe competition, where we select a new VoiceCouncil subscriber at random.

Both winners will receive a VoiceTone T1 Pedal.

 

December

It could still be you. Enter our Facebook competition and sign up to our newsletter for two chances of winning a Mic Mechanic!


  • cocchino

    Hi, this is Carol Occhino, the supposed winner of the November 2013 contest. I’ve contacted you three times about this prize but never received it. I sent you all the information you requested regarding my mailing address but I never received the prize. You notified me that you won, you posted above that I won but for some reason you won’t send me the prize.

  • editor

    Hi Carol – can’t think of what happened! Can you email me directly at editor@voicecouncil.com and I will check into it – we definitely want to get you the prize!

  • cocchino

    I got it ! ! ! Thank you so much for all of your help on making certain that I got my prize. I’ve already contacted the charter school for performing arts and they’ll pick it up next week. They know that the kids will enjoy learning a new skill while playing with this. Thanks again